Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Bioethicist Ruth Macklin has written a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg asking that the GSK Avandia trial be stopped. She says “this study violates principles in every guidance document in research ethics.” Read more at Pharmalot.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for the FDA to require warning labels on food items that may pose a choking hazard to children. Some (including food manufacturers) are not convinced labeling food will do anything to stop the hundreds of choking deaths that occur in US children each year. Click here to read more.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Roberto Lorenzo Abadie has produced the first full-fledged ethnography of the world of professional guinea pigs, who sign up for drug studies in exchange for money. He has done an outstanding job. The book is being published by Duke University Press, and it is called The Professional Guinea Pig. Read more here.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
According to the article found here, the devastating event of natural aging should be recognized as a disease - and treated accordingly. Apparently, "chronological aging -- is relentless and unstoppable. But experts studying the science of aging say it's time for a fresh look at the biological process -- one which recognizes it as a condition that can be manipulated, treated and delayed." Great - living may one day be considered a disease. I can't imagine how painful it would be to be diagnosed as old.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I wasn't aware of this, but I guess plastic surgeries like botox are now termed "drive thru cosmetic procedures"...because they are minimally invasive. I don't know about you, but I'd hardly call some of the times I've worked in the McDonald's drive thru window in high school as "minimally invasive." Check out this LiveScience article on "drive thru cosmetic procedures."
Tiny pills are great, and so are small phones, dogs and waistlines. But, when it comes to marketing condoms in size S, things are a little trickier. Click here to read more in The Atlantic.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
From Clancy Martin's essay on baclofen in The London Review of Books. He is also the author of How to Sell: A Novel and a brilliant essay on jewelry sales scams in this month's Harper's.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Attention, medical muckrakers. Starting in Fall 2010, the Center for Bioethics and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications will be offering a new course, "Investigative Journalism and Bioethics." (It is listed as a 5000-level BTHX "Topics in Bioethics" course here and as JOURN 5990 here.) Amy Landa and I will be teaching it. It will be a hands-on, talk-intensive seminar, with lots of scandals and outrages.
The official course description reads: "This seminar will explore the links between bioethics and journalism, examining classic and contemporary works of investigative health journalism, works of literary non-fiction related to medicine, memoirs by doctors and medical students, and investigative work by bioethicists and ethnographers. It will also examine citizen muckraking, non-profit investigative journalism, the public relations industry, the decline of print journalism and the rise of digital media, and how these developments are shaping the relationship between bioethicists and the press."
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 09, 2010
Click here to read a piece on Teva, the generic pharmaceutical giant, and how it has become the largest prescription drug supplier in the U.S.
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Friday, May 07, 2010
Thursday, May 06, 2010
(For those of you unaware of TED, it is the Technology, Entertainment and Design Conference Series, which has become the latest hot spot for geek sheek scientists, politicians and celebrities.)
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Latisse, the eyelash elongation drug, has - big surprise - side effects. For instance, purple discolorations on your eyelids, or your blue eyes turning brown. Saves you time putting makeup on, right? Check out the NY Times for this news item. There is a Minnesotan they mention in there.
"Wallace tapped into what Lipsky nicely calls the 'brain voice'—placing on the page in all its absurd detail what it feels like to live, to observe, to experience. In his most famous essay, 'A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again,' which first appeared in Harper’s in 1995, Wallace chronicles his time aboard a seven-day Caribbean cruise, beginning with 'the shattering, flatulence-of-the-gods sound' of the ship’s horn. Staff decline his morbid inquiries about his cabin’s superefficient vacuum toilet, which produces "a concussive suction so awesomely powerful that it’s both scary and strangely comforting—your waste seems less removed than hurled from you." He details the skilled, unobtrusive professionalism and extreme coolness of his Hungarian waiter, Tibor—'the Tibster'—and confesses, 'I sort of love him.' His elderly tablemates at tea dislike Wallace’s tuxedo T-shirt; formal attire is expected. The average young punk would smirk with self-satisfaction at such a gag, but what makes Wallace so loveable is that he is mortified to have given offense. He probably broke out sweating."
Michael O'Donnell reviews Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself.
Monday, May 03, 2010
Sunday, May 02, 2010
Gay Gene Discovered, Beaten Senseless
Baby Won’t Stop Crying? Shake Things Up!
Exciting and New "No Food Diet"
Saturday, May 01, 2010
If you want confirmation of your paranoid fantasies of the pharmaceutical industry, have a look at this piece by Jim Edwards at BNET Pharma. A PR company named V-Fluence is being employed by AstraZeneca to track and report on their online critics. The tracking was discovered by a mental health blogger who inadvertently gained access to their website.